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Open Access Research article

Study of the road traffic noise in Erzurum-Turkey

Mahir Gökdag

Author Affiliations

Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey

Iranian Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering 2012, 9:22  doi:10.1186/1735-2746-9-22

Published: 11 December 2012


Road traffic noise affects a large number of people, especially in urban areas and is generally a major source of complaints. This paper refers to a study of the problem of traffic noise on roads which have been transformed into streets in the city of Erzurum. Noise levels are measured and the impacts suffered by the community are documented. Manual noise measurements were made along 12 streets exploring sources of maximum noise levels. Noise from different types of vehicles driven in a realistic way in inner city traffic was measured. The results from the measurements showed that, of 750 measured events, approximately 5% of the vehicles exceeded 70 dB(A) and less than 2% exceeded 80 dB(A) maximum noise level. In summary, the result showed that the most important vehicle component as regards the maximum noise level in inner city traffic was a medium-weight vehicle. Among the higher noise levels measured (>80 dB(A)) this type of vehicle was dominant.

Traffic noise; Noise pollution; Vehicle noise; Sound level; Environment; Noise